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Memories of Puerto Rican Heritage Month '14

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For Puerto Rican Heritage Month I attended a series of cultural and social events in New York, including Mayor Bill De Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito's reception at Gracie Mansion, Mark-Viverito's celebration at the City Council Chambers, the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s luncheon at Don Coqui in the Bronx, and a jibaro Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at St. Luke's Church in the South Bronx. November is always a great Puerto Rican time in New York City. It ushers in the holiday season for sure. (At the Puerto Rican celebration at City Council Chambers on Nov. 5, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito honored actress and TV personality Rosie Perez.) Here is an album dedicated to Puerto Rican Heritage Month that I created with more photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel/sets/72157647098400453/ -- Clarisel

Like NEW Puerto Rico Sun FB Page

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Hi, Puerto Rico Sun Communications is back. I have decided to create a new Puerto Rico Sun FB page, which is an extension of this blog. facebook.com/prsun Thank you.

Young Lords Way in El Barrio

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By Ismael Nunez A highlight this summer is the naming of a street in East Harlem in honor of the Young Lords. It finally happened on July 26, a great day and victory for the community. That day the YOUNG LORDS were remembered and honored for their contributions. Former members of the YOUNG LORDS from chapters from New York City, Chicago, and Connecticut, were present as 111th Street was named Young Lords Way. Here are some scenes from that joyous day in El Barrio. I am honored to live in a neighborhood with a street called Young Lords Way. Ismael Nunez is a PRSUN contributor.

Puerto Rican Population Declines on Island, Grows on U.S. Mainland

Puerto Rican Population Declines on Island, Grows on U.S. Mainland

PRSUN Project: Puerto Rican Day Parade '14

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(Participants at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade show off their pride. Photos by Clarisel Gonzalez) Actress Rosie Perez, parade queen, joins the fun, proudly waving the Puerto Rican flag. (Photo by Ismael Nunez) To view more photos taken at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade and related events by Gonzalez and Nunez. Visit our online gallery. https://www.flickr.com/groups/nprparade14/

@ the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade

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On Sunday, June 1, the Bronx, the borough with the largest Puerto Rican population in NYC, celebrated its Puerto Rican Day Parade along the Grand Concourse. The Bronx parade kicks off Puerto Rican parade season in the city. Here are a few photos I shot that day. The Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. missed a good parade. Sunday is the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan. See you there.

Bronx Street Named in Honor of Casa Amadeo's Mike Amadeo

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A street in the Bronx was recently named in honor of Mike Amadeo, the legendary owner of the Casa Amadeo music shop and composer. Prospect Avenue is now also known as Miguel Angel (Mike) Amadeo Way. Here are some scenes of the May 10 celebration, attended by local elected officials, musicians, community leaders and Amadeo's family members. After the street naming, there was a 80th birthday bash for Amadeo at Casita Maria in Hunts Point. He is 80 years young. To view more photos from the Amadeo street naming celebration: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel/sets/72157644828211782/

Q&A with Rocky on Broadway's Luis Salgado

The actor plays Kid Rizzo in the new production By Ismael Nuñez Here is the story of Rocky on Broadway , which is currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Yes, it is that familiar Rocky story from the movies: "Somewhere in downtown Philadelphia, a down-and-out fighter named Rocky Balboa struggles to stay on his feet. But when the chance of a lifetime comes along, he takes his best shot at becoming a champion… and his last shot at finding first love." The iconic underdog story Rocky has inspired an innovative new stage production, brought to life by a five-time Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, the Oscar-winning Best Picture). Rocky is a heart-stopping theatrical experience for everyone brave enough to follow their dream such as Puerto Rican actor

2014 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Will Honor Education, Arts And Culture

The revitalized organization announces schedule of events, dedications, partnerships, main office relocation and other important changes in preparation for landmark cultural celebration The 19th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade (57th Puerto Rican Day Parade of New York) will take place on Sunday, June 8th at 11am on New York's Fifth Avenue. The event will be broadcast live on WNYW Fox 5. This year's parade will commemorate the centennial birthday of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, and will be dedicated to the soldiers of the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as The Borinqueneers. The featured municipalities of this year's celebration will be the town of Guánica (63 miles southwest of San Juan, population 19,000), in commemoration of the centennial of its founding, and the city of Chicago, home to one of the largest Puerto Rican communities on the U.S. mainland. Following a recent meeting of the organization's new and expanded Board, the Parade's

Julia and Me

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"yo soy la vida, la fuerza, la mujer". ("I am life, and strength, and I am woman.") -- Julia de Burgos (photo by Milagros Gonzalez)